Saturday, 19 June 2021

Prices of Croatia's Favourite Slavonian Delicacies Rising

June the 19th, 2021 - The prices of some of Croatia's favourite Slavonian delicacies are rising, with the price of the much loved Slavonian kulen potentially rising by as much as 100 kuna.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the price of some Slavonian delicacies, such as kulen, could increase by 100 kuna, as was reported local portal Glas Slavonije.

Producers of dried meat products from the Eastern Croatian regions of Slavonia and Baranja, when compared to the producers of some other products, only partially felt the negative effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The bigger producers of these typically Slavonian delicacies, who pointed out back in June last year that the pandemic had indeed caused certain problems with placement, especially from mid-March to mid-May, felt the most issues of all.

"People weren't going out and buying our products, and their purchasing power was reduced. However, the decline in those spring sales was partially compensated for during the summer and autumn of last year,'' said the director of the company Baranjka, Miodrag Komlenic.

Smaller producers of such produce claim to have managed to sell their stocks, and production, despite the pandemic, has thankfulyl not really been reduced - some have even expanded their offer.

"I can't say that the pandemic has stopped our sales. The demand is growing more and more, so I left only a certain amount in stock to meet the needs of our long-term customers,'' said Slobodan Stankovic.

He is also considering selling his items in smaller packages (of 100 or 200 grams), and is adamant that one kilo of kulen in his next ''round'' is going to cost 250 kuna (the current price is around 200 kuna per kilogram).

"One kilo of my kulen has been 200 kuna for years. But I think that the real price should be between 250 and 300 kuna,'' said Milodrag Stojkovic, the owner of a family farm (OPG) which produces Slavonian delicacies. He manages to rationalise this decision because of the raising of the price of fodder, which should soon increase by as much as 35 percent.

"Corn has already risen in price, I have to pay 200 kuna for 100 kilograms of that. I have to charge people these price increases because doing business will be impossible and completely unprofitable otherwise. Rising prices for various items are common, so it must be the same with cured meat products,'' Stojkovic concluded for Glas Slavonije.

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Saturday, 19 June 2021

When Will Croatian Declare Pandemic End? Plans for Autumn Revealed

June the 19th, 2021 - If there is one question that has been firmly stuck on the lips of more or less everyone across the world for the past year or so, it is more than likely something along the lines of: when will the pandemic end? With hopes that vaccination will finally end this dark chapter that has held the entire planet in its grip, when will Croatia make its own declaration?

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beros, has spoken about the topic in further detail at a recently held press conference of the National Civil Protection Directorate, which has become the daily norm since the beginning of 2020 when the virus struck the country.

"Bozinovic said that Beros is going to be the one do declare the pandemic end, at the suggestion of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. That's exactly right. That will happen when we deveop enough immunity to the point where the profession says that we're safe from the spread of the virus.

"Today's measures are a turning point and are indeed finally leading us towards the end of the coronavirus pandemic. Let's look around, in Europe we're witnessing events that remind us of the old normal, covid certificates are working on guaranteeing our safety, we're finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but we all need to get vaccinated,'' he added.

"We've been noticing that some of our fellow citizens are planning to be vaccinated only in autumn, that's a wrong approach, at this moment in time, it's known that the vaccine offers protection from the virus for at least eight months. We're doing something much more important - by vaccinating people we're preventing the appearance of a new wave of infection by the time autumn rolls around,'' Vili Beros concluded, having confirmed that he will be the one to declare the pandemic end here in Croatia.

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Friday, 18 June 2021

New Infections Fall 42% Week on Week, Says Chief Epidemiologist

ZAGREB, 18 June 2021- Chief epidemiologist Krunoslav Capak said on Friday, last week saw a 42% drop in new coronavirus infections and called on people to be vaccinated despite the good epidemiological situation.

Speaking at a press conference of the national COVID-19 crisis management team, Capak said there were 814 new infections from Monday through Friday last week and 468 this week.

The team said the epidemiological situation was favourable and that Croatia ranked 12th in the EU in terms of 14-day incidence per 100,000 population.

Health Minister Vili Beroš said citizens who planned to be vaccinated in the autumn were making a wrong calculation. Vaccination now, at the start of the summer, prevents a new virus wave, he added. "At the moment we know the vaccine protects for at least eight months, and most probably longer.

Asked how possible manipulation with digital EU certificates would be prevented as of 1 July, for example a person showing someone else's certificate to attend an event, Interior Minister Davor Božinović said it was always possible to identify the certificate bearer and that he was confident that manipulation of that kind would be rare.

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Friday, 18 June 2021

HBOR: Three Seas Investment Fund Collects €1 bn to Date

ZAGREB, 18 June 2021 - The Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund  (3SIIF) has so far raised €1 billion to be used for investing in infrastructure projects, a virtual conference organised by the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) heard on Friday.

The aim of the conference was to illustrate the features of the 3SIIF and the opportunities it offers in terms of financing infrastructure investments.

The fund aims to raise three to five billion euro for this purpose from institutional and private investors, while the goal is to reduce disparities in infrastructure quality in relation to Western Europe as well as generate a profit for investors through investments in the fastest growing region in the EU.

"So far, the Fund has raised more than 900 million euros to be used for investing in infrastructure projects that contribute to security and diversity of energy supply, economic, traffic, social and digital connectivity of the Initiative member countries as well as stronger EU integration by reducing disparities in infrastructure quality," HBOR said in a press release.

The conference was opened by HBOR CEO and 3SSIF supervisory board member Tamara Perko, while Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman addressed the conference via video link.

The Three Seas Initiative is a forum of twelve states in the European Union, along a north–south axis from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic Sea and the Black Sea in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Friday, 18 June 2021

Croatia Must Invest Much More in Heating, Cooling Systems

ZAGREB, 18 June 2021 - The only way for Croatia to reach the climate protection targets sooner is to decarbonise heating, President Zoran Milanović's Energy Transition Council concluded at a meeting in Vukovar on Friday.

The Council presented guidelines for stimulating the modernisation of centralised heating and cooling systems, which underline their importance and positive effect on the decarbonisation of urban areas and recommend measures to eliminate current obstacles.

"We are faced with a big challenge, as are other European states, but Croatia will have €30 billion at its disposal in the next dozen years to change, and that change is not only necessary in the judiciary, education and other areas but in energy too," said Julije Domac, chair of the Energy Transition Council and the president's advisor on energy and climate.

He expects the government and the ministry in charge to endorse the guidelines and incorporate them into a heat energy supply bill.

President Milanović supported the guidelines, saying that Croatia must keep up with energy-advanced countries, "so that we slowly abandon gas boilers and hope for the better."

"It seems complicated and expensive, but there's a solution and it's called European Union funds which contain huge money which we won't be able to fully spend on business centres and all the rest (...) This area will require a very aggressive and quality administrative preparation," Milanović said.

He reiterated that Croatia must utilise every euro from EU funds and that the difference between success and failure was measured in billions that could be spent on projects such as heating.

Energy Transition Council member Kristijan Lovrenščak said decarbonisation of heating and cooling was one of the EU's key challenges, notably in densely populated urban areas. In Croatia, centralised heating systems distribute 15% of all energy to heat premises and water, he added.

He said Croatia's legislation did not stimulate the development of central heating systems and should therefore be amended, adding that the systems themselves were inefficient.

He recommended boosting cooperation between centralised system operators and developing centralised cooling systems, which he said were rare in Croatia.

 

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Friday, 18 June 2021

Zagreb Digital Nomad Week 2021: Final Program, Register Now!

June 18, 2021 - The Croatian capital will showcase its digital nomad potential next week with the inaugural Zagreb Digital Nomad Week 2021. See the full programme.

Seven days, seven themes. Locations and events all over the city.  A chance to showcase the magic of Zagreb from all angles.

Zagreb Digital Nomad Weeks kicks off on Monday (see the full programme here), a collaboration between Saltwater Nomads, TCN and Zagreb Tourist Board (who are financing the project), supported by the Digital Nomad Association Croatia, Doma Zagreb, KPMG, Hrvatski Telekom, and Raiffeisen Bank.

Each day will focus on a different theme - cybersecurity, online presence, remote career advice, tax & finance, the future of work, wellbeing, and explore Zagreb - with a mix of presentations, networking, free coworking, and social events.  

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Zagreb Digital Nomad Week 2021 will bring together a great list of Croatian and international experts in locations all over the city, and there are many Croatian businesses which have bought into the concept to co-create a fantastic week for those looking to explore Zagreb as a digital nomad  destination. 

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Attendance is free, both online and in person, but be aware that physical places are limited, due to the current measures. All registrations are being handled via the Saltwater Nomads website. The event will be live streamed on TCN social media, as well as the Zagreb Tourist Board YouTube channel. 

A key element of the week will be networking, with several social events arranged in the evening, as well as some of Zagreb's most interesting and innovative tours, guided  by the inimitable Iva Silla from Secret Zagreb.  

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ZDNW follows on from two successful events, also organised by Saltwater Nomads, in cooperation with TCN, the City of Dubrovnik, and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, and it is encouraging to see participation at next week's event from key partipants from last October's Dubrovnik Digital Nomads-in-Residence conference (the first in Croatia), and last month's Dubrovnik Digital Nomads-in-Residence. Dubrovnik Tourist Board director will take part in the Zagreb event on Friday on a panel moderated by Ron Tardiff, one of the 10 resident nomads, while another Dubrovnik nomad resident, Albert Cañigueral, will give a keynote speech on the future of work. Cañigueral was last week appointed by the Catalan government to lead its Open Data and Transparency division. 

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Full details of the weekend programme will be released on Monday. 

For an online version of the programme, click here

To register for each of the events, click here.

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No week-long conference highlighting the Zagreb lifestyle would be complete without its four-legged mascot.

Meet Mišo, The Dog,Mišo, The Dog, born August 15, 2011 in the zodiac sign of Leo. To our knowledge, this lively ten-year-old is the father of five children, and perhaps more.  This adorable Jack Russel suffers from a personality disorder and thinks of himself as a Rottweiler. Mišo mainly spends his time sniffing and exploring the numerous green parks of Zagreb. He is a special expert in sniffing the green slopes of Šalata area. When on vacation, Mišo enjoys the island of Hvar the most, where he is already a well-known and welcomed guest.

See you in Zagreb!

For more news and features about the digital nomad scene in Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN section

Friday, 18 June 2021

Conflict of Interest Commission: PM Didn't Influence Embassy Advisor's Appointment

ZAGREB, 18 June 2021 - The Conflict of Interest Commission did not instigate proceedings against Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Friday because it did not establish that he had exerted influence on the appointment of an advisor at the Croatian Embassy in Moscow.

It has been established that Plenković, as an office holder, did not participate in the appointment of the advisor, who was appointed by the then foreign minister Marija Pejčinović Burić, the Commission said.

The Commission fined Homeland Movement MP Davor Dretar HRK 2,000 for failing to transfer management rights in two firms after stepping into office.

For more on politics in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated politics section.

Friday, 18 June 2021

Fuchs: Croatia Among Top European Countries for Face to Face Lessons

ZAGREB, 18 June 2021 - Science and Education Minister Radovan Fuchs said on Friday that Croatia was among the top European countries, if not at the very top, for the number of hours of face to face lessons during the school year  that just ended and expressed his satisfaction that such a demanding year ended successfully.

Minister Fuchs congratulated teachers, principals, students and their parents for their patience during this demanding school year.

He assessed that despite scepticism, they had proved with this approach that 98% of elementary pupils from grades 1 to 4 managed to attend face to face lessons, with 87% of higher elementary grades also managing to attend face to face lessons. In secondary school, 71% attended face to face classes, while as many as 90% of fourth-year students attended lessons in person.

Fuchs announced that he would present this data at a World Health Organization (WHO) conference in Copenhagen on 2 July on experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Friday, 18 June 2021

All Parcels from Outside EU To Be Taxable as of 1 July

ZAGREB, 18 June 2021 - As of 1 July tax reliefs are to be abolished in all EU member states for imported parcels with a value of more than HRK 160 (€22) while all parcels delivered from third countries will be taxable, and deliveries are expected to be slowed down, a press conference heard on Friday.

As of 1 July all parcels, regardless of their value, that come from third countries and are purchased online will be subject to VAT upon import, the Customs Administration and Croatian Post told the press conference.

The director of the Customs Administration, Mario Demirović, said that this is one of the most significant regulatory changes in Croatian Post's and the Custom Administration's business with regard to taxes on postal packages and VAT.

"We are absolutely prepared as far as the Customs Administration is concerned," said Demirović.

He underscored that all new costs have to be clearly marked for the end user and they have to be transparent and unambiguous. The Customs Administration will exclusively and only charge VAT, he added.

The head of Croatian Post's public relations office, Krešimir Domjančić, underscored that as of 1 July Croatian Post will introduce a fee to inspect the contents of packages coming from third countries.

Packages with a value of up to €150 will be charged HRK 18.50 while packages valued between €150 to 1,000 will be charged HRK 37. At the same time Croatian Post has abolished some other fees, so that as of 1 July fees for the majority of packages which are valued between €22 and 1,000 will be lower.

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Friday, 18 June 2021

EURO 2020: Croatia and the Czech Republic Play 1:1 in Glasgow

June 18, 2021 - Croatia and the Czech Republic played 1:1 at Hampden Park in Glasgow for their second-round Group D match of EURO 2020. 

After losing 1:0 to England at the start of the competition, Croatia chased a victory against the Czech Republic to hopefully bring them closer to the knockout phase. Any other result would significantly complicate their fate and a victory against Scotland in the last round would be imperative. 

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Slobodan Kadic

Lineups

Croatia: Livaković; Vrsaljko, Vida, Lovren, Gvardiol; Modrić, Kovačić; Brekalo, Kramarić, Perišić; Rebić

Czech Republic: Vaclik; Coufal, Čelustka, Kalas, Boril; Holeš, Darida, Souček; Masopust, Jankto, Schick

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Slobodan Kadic

The match started promptly at 17:00 GMT. 

The Czech Republic came out hungry and already had a dangerous opportunity in the 2nd minute.  Their first corner came one minute later which was headed just over the goal by Soucek.

Croatia's first corner came in the 6th minute after Perisic's ball across the box went long. Kovacic and Modric went short which was defended by the Czech keeper. 

A foul on Rebic in the 8th minute gave Croatia a free-kick from 30 meters.  Lovren shot and hit over the crossbar. 

The Czech Republic was dangerous again in the 12th minute with a shank over the goal.  

An unusual Modric mistake in the midfield saw him head the ball straight to a Czech player which prompted a quick attack and nearly a goal. Croatia's defense remained solid for the goal kick. 

Rebic took advantage of a weak goalkeeper clearance which deflected off his back and almost into the goal in the 20th minute.  

A quick one-two between Gvardiol and Brekalo resulted in a corner in the 22nd minute. Modric went short to find Kramaric, who went back to Modric then Perisic at the top of the box. Perisic aimed right at the Czech keeper. 

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Slobodan Kadic

An aggressive Croatia moved the ball to Vrsaljko on the right-wing in the 24th minute who crossed to the keeper. 

Croatia possessed well and moved the ball up the pitch in the minutes that followed. Gvardiol crossed into the box but it was another easy save for the Czech keeper. 

The Czech Republic had a corner in the 32nd minute. Croatia was robbed shortly after. Lovren and a Czech player went up for a header and a penalty was called for the Czech Republic after a VAR review. The Czech Republic scored for 0:1 in the 36th minute. 

Brekalo played the perfect through ball to Rebic just after the kick-off which he shot miserably wide. Kramaric shot in the 43rd which gave the keeper no trouble. The ref added the minutes to the first half. 

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Slobodan Kadic

A Kovacic foul outside the box resulted in another dangerous free-kick for the Czech Republic which was hit over. The match ended 1:0 for the Czech Republic at the half. 

Zlatko Dalic made two changs to start the second half. Bruno Petkovic went on for Rebic, and Luka Ivanusec for Brekalo. 

Croatia was awarded a free kick in the 46th minute which Modric played short. Croatia had their chance a minute later - Perisic was played down the left side, carried the ball into the box and onto his right foot, and nailed the goal far post for 1:1! 

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Slobodan Kadic

Croatia came out hungry to start the second half as they knew what was a stake. An incredible defensive backline in the 56th minute kept the game even. 

Vrsaljko fouled outside the box in the 60th minute. The ball went out for a corner which was headed over.

Vlasic came on for Kramaric in the 60th minute. 

The Czech Republic had a few dangerous played in the next five minutes, one of which saw Modric sprint back to get the ball out for a corner.  

An excellent Croatia attack between Gvardiol and Perisic found the foot of Vlasic who shot just over the goal in the 71st minute. 

The Czech Republic got fresh legs in the game with two subs in the 75th minute. 

Croatia tried to push plays down the left wing to Perisic which the Czechs defended well. Dalic subbed on Marcelo Brozovic for Kovacic with 3 minutes to go. 

Petkovic had a chance which went out for a corner in the 88th. Another corner came as a result of it which the Czechs cleared away. The ref added three minutes to the end of the match. 

The match ended 1:1.  

Croatia will play Scotland in their final Group D match on Tuesday, June 22, in Glasgow. 

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